Basil is a culinary herb with documented medicinal properties. It is reported to contain Vitamins A, B & D. It contains Calcium, Phosphorus, and Iron & Magnesium.
Culinary usage include: Salads, Pesto, Tea, Fish, Poultry, Bean, Rice, Tomatoes, Cheese, Eggs, Veggies, Vinegar & Oils
Medicinally this herb might be helpful with headaches, digestion and liver/intestinal issues. It can aid the body to expel gas and relieves vomiting. It has been suggested that a poultice of fresh leaves may relieve the itching/pain of insect bites and stings.
Basil is easily grown in flower pots or the garden. You can start it from seeds or buy plants. Many grocery stores have plants for sale.
Essential Oil Uses:
Basil essential oil is extracted via steam distillation from the leaves, stems and flowers of the plant. It has powerful antispasmodic properties, is a muscle relaxant and is often used for migraines. And it is often used for throat/lung infections due to its antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Basil essential oil has a fresh, herbaceous aroma that can be calming and refreshing. It’s fragrance can help with mental fatigue by enhancing mental clarity and awareness.
Caution: Avoid use if epileptic. Keep out of reach of children. For external use only. Keep away from eyes and mucous membranes as it contains a high percentage of phenols.
For topical use: Dilute 1 part basil essential oil with 4 parts carrier oil and apply on temples, neck, crown of head, forehead, heart and navel or to specific muscles.
For inhalation: Dilute 1 part basic essential oil with 4 parts carrier oil and inhale directly.